Tuesday, May 08, 2007

New Toddness

Apparently Todd is STILL writing that autobiography ...

Rundgren also has been writing a high-concept autobiography -- slowly, he says, because it reminds him of "a big homework assignment." Each page of the book can be read separately and will contain three distinct elements: a factual account of something that happened, his fantasy recollection of that same experience ("what I idealistically remember," Rundgren says) and a philosophical summary of what he learned from it. "It's not really chaptered," he says. "Sometimes I think I need a concept to do just about anything."

I remember when I joined Patronet for a year, a few years back, this was a coming soon item!

Meanwhile the Palm Beach Post has a nice interview with a mention of Bourgeois Tagg too.

The Herald Times has a piece on Toby Myers who apparently watched the first-ever broadcast of “Saturday Night Live” in Todd Rundgren’s living room with Rundgren and Bebe Buell

Monday, May 07, 2007

New Albums /Downloads

Just bought the new Manic Street Preachers CD. Opinion to follow in a few days.

James Marsters live at Union Chapel, London 04-05-2007

Not my usual kind of gig, but as a Birthday present to my flat mate in December of last year I arranged tickets to see Mr Marsters (known to many TV fans as Buffy's, Spike). Now funny enough I had already seen Mr Marsters on stage before - several years ago when he came on stage at a Four Star Mary gig.

For a while he had a band called Ghost of the Robot, but he disbanded then a couple of years ago and started performing solo and mostly acoustic.

What surprised me most (and for anyone who heard James sing in 'Once more with feeling' the classic Buffy musical episode will know what I mean) is how well he sang. He actually has a pleasant voice, especially on the quieter numbers. He is still not the greatest songwriter in the world, but there was some good stuff in there all the same.

Able support was supplied by Dan Akio Sherwood - who also displayed a nice sense of humour. If David Gray's guitar based stuff is your thing, then check the man out.

The Crowd was a rather strange collection, mostly made up of 'stalkers/fans' of Mr Marsters himself I felt rather than his music necessarily. Still, they, he, and us all seemed to have a pretty good time.

New Albums /Downloads

The new purchases from April:

Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Thing
Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
The Hold Steady - Live at Lollapalooza 2006
Blonde Redhead - 23
Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5.55
Jill Sobule - Underdog Victorious
Hayseed Dixie - Weapons of Grass Destruction
Magnum - Spirit: A History
Amadeus - Film Soundtrack